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Infidel Poetics: Riddles, Nightlife, Substance

Daniel Tiffany


Poetry has long been regarded as the least accessible of literary genres. But how much does the obscurity that confounds readers of a poem differ from, say, the slang that seduces listeners of hip-hop? This book examines not only the shared incomprensibilities of poetry and slang, but poetry's genetic relation to the spectacle of underground culture. Charting connections between vernacular poetry, lyric obscurity, and types of social relations—networks of darkened streets in preindustrial cities, the historical underworld of taverns and clubs, the subcultures of the avant-garde—it shows that o ... More

Keywords: poetry, hip-hop, slang, underground culture, lyric obscurity, social relations, alternative societies, drinking songs, modern nightlife

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226803098
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226803111.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Tiffany, author